Cal Baseball Falls to Long Beach State, 7-6, in 13 Innings
Feb. 23, 2001
LONG BEACH, CA - Long Beach State's Bobby Crosby hit a bases loaded single with no outs in the bottom of the 13th inning off to lead the 49ers to a hard-fought 7-6, four hour and thirty minute marathon victory over Cal Friday night at Blair Field in Long Beach. The Bears go to 8-4 on the season, while the 49ers improve to 5-4.
The game saw both teams squander leads. Long Beach State took a 3-0 advantage after three innings, only to see Cal take a 5-3 lead after scoring a run in the fourth inning on an RBI single by senior right fielder Rob Meyer, and then four runs in the fifth inning. In the fifth, 49er starter Matt Paz got the first two batters out, before giving up six straight Bears hits, including RBI singles from freshman outfielder Brian Horwitz, Meyer, sophomore shortstop Brent Cook and sophomore center fielder Brad Smith.
Long Beach State responded by scoring a run in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Jeremy Reed to make the game, 5-4. Cal was able to get an insurance run in the ninth inning on a sacrifice fly by Meyer for a 6-4 lead, scoring senior first baseman Clint Hoover, who had led off the inning with a double.
Unfortunately, the Bears were not able to hold the lead in the bottom of the ninth when David Cash replaced starter Trevor Hutchinson. Hutchinson had thrown well, pitching 8.0 innings with 10 hits, four runs, four walks and eight strikeouts. Cash (3-1, 4.0 innings, five hits, two earned runs, four walks, one strikeout) gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth on a wild pitch and an RBI ground out to Crosby. Cash then settled down and held Long Beach State scoreless in the 10th, 11th and 12th innings, including getting out of a bases loaded and one out situation in the 10th inning.
The winning pitcher for the 49ers ended up being reliever Chris Demaria (1-0, 4.0 innings, no hits, no runs, one walk, four strikeouts), who came in in the 10th inning. Freshman Conor Jackson, junior Carson White, Meyer (three RBI) and Cook had two hits apiece for Cal.
Cal will next face Long Beach State in the second game of the three-game series, Saturday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. at Blair Field.
Home Runs:Cal: None.
Long Beach State: None.